16 September, 2006

6.2 Magnitude Quake Hits Seram in Indonesia

A strong earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked parts of eastern Indonesia on Saturday according to reports from the local geophysics agency. A tsunami alert was not issued and there were no immediate reports of damage, however the GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) have issued an Orange Alert for this quake.

Jajat Jatmika, an official at the geophysics agency told AlertNet:
"The epicentre of was inland and jolted Seram island, 190 kilometres northeast of Ambon, the Mollucas islands' provincial capital, there is no report of damage so far. We are coordinating with the disaster management office".

The Seram earthquake situation is being continuously monitored by the UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Desk and Duty Team, meanwhile the OCHA Regional Offices in Bangkok and Indonesia have also been alerted.

Quake technical data from USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Local time at epicenter 18:45:23

Location 3.133°S, 129.457°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region Seram, Indonesia
Distances 155 km (95 miles) ENE of Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia
325 km (200 miles) SW of Sorong, Papua, Indonesia
1035 km (650 miles) N of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2535 km (1580 miles) E of Jakarta, Java, Indonesia

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 9.2 km (5.7 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst=129, Nph=129, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.26 sec, Gp= 58°, M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6

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